Fatu-Hiva - Back to Nature was published in 1974, by
archaeologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl, detailing his
experiences and reflections during a one-and-a-half-year stay on
the Marquesan island of Fatu Hiva in 1937-38.
Initially, the Heyerdahls found life on Fatu Hiva to be idyllic, what with the abundance of fruit trees and readily available unpolluted river water. The charm soon wore off, however, as they had to face the reality of elephantiasis-bearing mosquitos, as well as other unfamiliar tropical diseases. Eventually, also, Thor and Liv found it impossible to live among the local people and ended up sheltering in a cave, anxious to get home.